SONG REVIEW: “Baptize” by Saving Abel

There was not a chance I wasn’t going to like “Baptize” by Saving Abel. I have a soft spot in my heart for this band. Back in my radio days, they were one of the best bands to work with and their Southern rock roots always shined through their kindness and interactions with their fans.

Needless to say, I was stoked when I discovered they released a new single last month.

In a full circle of life moment, Jared Weeks, the original vocalist of Saving Abel, left the band in 2013 for a solo career and was replaced by Scott Austin who left in 2021 for a solo career which found Jared back as the frontman of the band.

Of his departure and return, Jared has said,

Ever since I left the band it’s like I’ve been clawing and fighting to take my life back. It was hard at first but with consistency and hard work, I’ve been able to look at the things in my life that I’m not proud of, and I’ve been able to face those things, figure out where they are coming from and I’ve been able to heal.

And on the song, Jared continued, 

That’s what the new single ‘Baptize Me’ is about. Consistently fighting for yourself, your life, how you treat others, and what you stand for!

“Baptize Me” is the essence of what a great rock song is – infectious lyrics, crushing drums, and wailing guitars.

The longtime guitar duo of Jason Null and Scott Bartlett are behind the wailing guitars. Their dynamic has always set a wonderful pace within the band’s music. One is the yin to the other’s yang and it shows within “Baptize Me”. The guitars not only wail, but there is a certain je ne sais quoi that both men bring to the music of Saving Abel. Their emotions can be heard within their playing and they’re a delight to watch life.

What’s also great about “Baptize Me” is the bass and drums. Both are crushing and anthemic. If you don’t get a “We Will Rock You” vibe when listening, I really question your music knowledge. Like Jason and Scott B, Scott Wilson and Dave Moraata are the yin to the other’s yang.

But if I am honest, it’s the vocals of Jared that steal the show. It’s wonderful to hear him belt out this rocker. The grit and rasp in his voice have always shined and this song only amplifies his vocals.

In a world where rock has gone a bit soft, “Baptize Me” sees Saving Abel bringing a heavier side of rock back and I am here for it.